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Cuts-Like-Butter BBQ Brisket

This brisket cuts like butter—no joke! With just a few ingredients and steps, the recipe is nearly impossible to mess up. The thin, fall-apart-tender slices are delicious on their own but also make everything from tacos to Frito pies taste better. —Darla Andrews, Boerne, Texas


Southern Peach Toasts

These bruleed peach toasts are my creative homage to the beloved Southern fresh peach cobbler. It is an upscale presentation...


Blueberry Iced Tea

I enjoy coming up with new ways to use my slow cooker in the kitchen. If it’s going to take...


My Juicy Lucy

Friends in Minnesota introduced me to the Juicy Lucy burger, a local favorite. Instead of putting the cheese on top,...

Air-Fryer Spicy Ginger Beef Skewers

My family loves the flavors of these zippy kabobs. I usually grill them outside, but if it's cold or rainy,...


Cubano Macaroni Salad

One of my favorite sandwiches is a hot Cubano, piled high with juicy pork, layers of ham and melty Swiss...

Polynesian-Inspired Macaroni Salad

I have always loved SPAM, so I decided to combine it with pineapple to make this Polynesian-inspired macaroni salad recipe....


Grecian-Inspired Macaroni Salad

I love all Grecian flavors and tried adding them to a macaroni salad. Toss in whatever olives you can find;...


Shrimp and Crab Macaroni Salad

This salad is a summertime staple in our house. If you want to splurge, go ahead and use real crab....


Caprese Macaroni Salad

When fresh tomatoes and basil are abundant in the summer, I like to make this wonderful Caprese macaroni salad. —Debbie...

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Best Ever Vanilla Ice Cream

This ice cream is technically a custard since it contains eggs. After lots of testing (and tasting), I've found that...


Middle Eastern-Inspired Macaroni Salad

This creamy, tangy macaroni salad is inspired by the many wonderful flavors of the Middle East. The za'atar seasoning gives...


Chicken Taco Macaroni Salad

I like to give macaroni salad a taco twist. Rotisserie chicken makes it quick. I'll often serve this dish as...


Scandinavian-Inspired Macaroni Salad

Give a humdrum side salad a Scandinavian touch by adding some freshly chopped dill and tiny shrimp. —Kallee Krong-McCreery, Escondido,...


Chicken Caesar Macaroni Salad

Give me a Caesar salad anytime, no matter what form it's in. I like to add some chicken and artichokes...

Barbecue Macaroni Salad

My family loves a touch of barbecue sauce and ranch dressing in our mac salad. Not too much—just a hint...


Tex-Mex Potato Salad

I created this Tex-Mex potato salad for one of my cooking classes, and it was a hit. It's perfect for...


Watermelon Cupcakes

My granddaughter and I bake together each week. She was inspired by her mommy's flavored syrups, so we came up...


Baked Cannellini Beans

My sister developed this baked cannellini beans recipe after a Christmas holiday. We were still all together but nobody wanted...


Memphis Barbecue Sauce

I created this Memphis BBQ sauce recipe for our summer picnics because we love to grill. It can be made...


Kansas City Barbecue Sauce

This tangy Kansas City BBQ sauce is lip-smacking good. It's thick, and a little sweet with a touch of heat....


Cinnamon-Basil Ice Cream

I started experimenting with herbal ice creams when I was teaching classes at our local college. Not only were the...


Strawberry Pretzel Pie

This cool no-bake strawberry pie is the perfect cure for your sweet tooth, especially in summer. Made with pantry staples,...

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Rhubarb Crumble Ice Cream

This rhubarb crumble ice cream combines two of my favorite desserts into one fantastic creation! If you close your eyes,...


Russian Potato Salad

This Russian potato salad recipe comes from my grandmother, who had written it down in Russian before she translated it...


Gourmet Burgers with Sun-Dried Tomato

This recipe brings together many of the flavors my family enjoys, complete with a surprise in the center of each...


Giant Buckeye Cookie

I’m from Ohio, and we love our buckeye candy! Buckeyes are a delicious combination of peanut butter and chocolate, which...


Easy Pickled Vegetables

This pickled vegetables recipe was handed down to me by my mom. It's been in the family for years. These...


Slow-Cooker Peach Cobbler

Unlike conventional cobblers, the "topping" of this Crock-Pot peach cobbler is on the bottom. Placing the batter underneath the peaches...